Your insurance company is getting ready to make you a deal you may want no part of.
The same technology that gets you through toll booths (I-Pass-Illinois, FasTrak-California) is being rolled out as a passive way of monitoring your driving activity, in some cases letting your carrier adjust your premiums based on what your car is doing.
That may save you a lot of money but what if a chip in your car would let your insurance company know:
How fast your car accelerated?
How fast were you going in an accident?
Were you wearing your seat belt?
Were you on the phone?
Did you hit your apex?
And they can prove this in court
Science fiction? Science past! All so 13 seconds ago, and lots of people are signing up to let the insurance company chip their car. People like my mom…
All late model cars have black boxes like airplanes. More primitive than a planes, they still can get loads of data that can be used now, or collected for some future use.
Black boxes can help the cops find your missing car and there are a couple of pros when it comes to the upside use of their smart technology, like insurance claims when you’re trying to show that you’re not at fault.
But that information can legally be shared with the other party if they haul you into court because your speed may have contributed to an accident.
And coming soon…state legislatures are already toying with the idea of “baby monitors” for licensed drivers under a certain age, so there is probably going to dawn a day that your kid’s license will include an automatic install.
RFID Keeps Engine Noise in Check at Racecourse
Noise Emission Monitoring At The Nurburgring
The Nürburgring Motorsport Complex in Nürburg, Germany recently installed an RFID-based solution to identify vehicles that exceed the permissible noise limits and enable immediate intervention.
The web-based system effectively measures noise emissions from race cars in real-time. The complex’s internet server features a list of participants which are constantly updated with information provided from the RFID sensors in the vehicles.
Not far away is a time that ALL cars will be monitored in one way or another.
The basic systems are already in place and being used by race tracks, insurance companies, and toll booths across the world.
A simple test. If you are smiling at the photo below, RFID is not for you!
See you on down the road,
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